Terrible Attack: Ukrαine Wants 500 Tanks, 300 MLRS Systems and 1,000 Drones to fight Russiα
Ukrαine Requests Another Major Increase In Heavy Weapons Supply:
Ukrαine is calling on the United States and Europe to increase the supply of heavy weapons as Russiαn makes slow and steady gains in the east.
Using older artillery systems, designed to cause maximum damage, Russiαn forces have almost captured Luhansk Oblast and are inching closer to achieving their goal of “liberating” the self-styled people’s republics of Luhansk and Donetsk.
In a public request issued by Ukrαiniαn presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukrαine called n the United States and NATO countries to supply more NATO-standard weapons, and to provide the maximum number of weapons possible.
“Being straightforward – to end the war we need heavy weapons parity,” Podolyak said on Twitter, before listing the exact weapons Kyiv believes its military needs.
Israeli Merkava Tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Podolyak requested 1,000 howitzers, 300 multiple launch rocket systems, 500 tanks, 2,000 armored vehicles, and 1,000 drones.
“Contact Group of Defense Ministers meeting is held in #Brussels on June 15. We are waiting for a decision,” he added.
Germany Blocks Transfer Of German-Made Heavy Weapons
The United States has proven to be generous to Ukrαine throughout the Russiαn invasion, even offering a compromise after recently rejecting calls for the transfer of long-range missile systems to Ukrαine.
The White House announced that medium-range missile systems were on their way to Ukrαine, after refusing to supply long-range weapons systems that would allow Ukrαine to launch missile strikes on Russiαn territory.
Germany, however, has acted with greater caution in recent months, reportedly blocking the transfer of German-made equipment to Ukrαine from countries like Spain.
Reports this month revealed how Germany blocked the transfer of dozens of Leopard 2A4 tanks to Ukrαine – a plan devised by the Spanish government.
The move was almost certainly an effort to avoid retaliation from Russiα, given that the country is reliant on Russiαn oil, coal, and gas.
And while the German economy ministry announced in May that Russiαn oil now makes up 12% of the country’s imports compared to 35% previously, any retaliation from Russiα over the transfer of heavy equipment to Ukrαine could still have a substantial impact on the German economy.
“The war in Ukrαine seems destined to become a war of attrition in the weeks and months ahead,” noted Harry J. Kazianis, President of the Rogue States Project and former Russiα task force member for the 2016 Presidental Campaign of Senator Ted Cruz. “Both sides will continue to apply more and more pressure to get the other side to give up the fight, and that means we have not seen the worst of this conflict just yet.”
With NATO countries almost out of ideas for new sanctions on Russiα, and with Russiαn forces relying on 1960s-era weaponry as a result of dwindling supplies of modern weapons, the transfer of NATO-standard weaponry to Ukrαine is likely to become increasingly dangerous for some European countries that still depend on Russiαn energy.